MERCEDES has given the world a glimpse of its future with the unveiling of an extraordinary new concept car - the Vision EQS - at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
With the Vision EQS, Mercedes-Benz is making a clear statement for the continued future of high-quality vehicles and self-determined driving. Supreme craftsmanship, emotive design, luxurious materials and individual driving pleasure will continue to be desirable in the future, it says.
Technologically futuristic features include the Digital Light headlamps, each with two holographic lens modules, integrated into the continuous 360-degree exterior lightbelt. These allow an almost unlimited number of light variations.
The brand logo also has new tasks - 229 illuminated, individual stars form the seamlessly integrated lightbelt at the rear, causing the brand's trademark to shine out in a previously unseen way.
The digital front grille, which realises a light matrix consisting of 188individual LEDs as a world first, provides a new level in precise signalling. Once the black panel comes to life, the seemingly free-floating stars and pixels create a fascinating, three-dimensional effect.
The interior of the Vision EQS takes its inspiration from the world of luxury yachts. The entire dashboard blends with the body of the front trim section to form an interior sculpture. With its deep and open spatial architecture, the cockpit envelops the occupants like the deck of a boat.
The fully integrated, embracing overall sculpture consisting of the combined dashboard, centre console and armrests floats above the generous interior and for the first time gives an outlook on the interiors of future luxury saloons by the brand.
Mercedes-Benz has systematically developed the use of sustainable materials and uses both traditional and technologically advanced materials for the interior. High-quality Dinamica microfibre in crystal white is used alongside native figured maple trim. This is made from recycled plastic bottles.
Also used is artificial leather, with a finely structured surface similar to nappa leather. The material used for the roof liner comes from a special project. A high-quality textile was created by adding a quantity of recycled ‘ocean waste' plastic, putting the use of sustainable materials on a wholly new level.
Haptic highlights such as the air vents integrated into the trim element like inlays, the sophisticated speaker covers in rosé gold and the fragrance flask encased in a decorative holder like a jewel round off the trendsetting interior.
With electric motors at the front and rear axles and the battery integrated into the vehicle floor, the Vision EQS represents a very well-balanced vehicle concept. The basis for dynamic high-level performance and safety comes courtesy of the electric all-wheel drive with axle-variable torque distribution and a battery installed deep in the vehicle floor between the axles. With more than 350kW of output and immediately available torque of around 760Nm of torque, the Vision EQS can accelerate from 0-62mph in under 4.5 seconds.
And not only the performance is impressive, as the outstanding energy efficiency also sets standards. The show car has a comfortable operating range of up to 435 miles according to WLTP.